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Jonno Zilber (ACT)

Jonno Zilber (ACT)

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Jonno is a talented young guitarist, singer and songwriter who has been performing since he was 12 years old. Starting off as just another kid learning classical music on a keyboard, he first became interested in the blues after hearing the Muddy Waters song 'Mannish Boy'. Since then, Jonno's musical passion has been blues.

With a natural gift for witty observations and instrumental skills that are beyond his years, Jonno delivers decades of blues and folk tracks with youthful enthusiasm and a fresh energy that leaves no doubt that he is a future star of the Australian blues circuit.

Jonno has developed a good following as an energetic acoustic guitar player and performer with a powerful voice. His individual brand of blues, described as 'Tom Waits meets Brownie McGhee' and his big stage presence has led him to be a two time winner of the Canberra Roots Music 'Young Performer of the Year' award and one of the five finalists in the 2006 National Youth Week 'RockIt' music competition (Jonno was the only blues artist to make it to the finals).

Jonno has performed with Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges as well as popular Australian blues acts such as Lloyd Spiegel, Dutch Tilders and Matt Corcoran.

Winner of Canberra Blues Society 'Best Male Vocalist' 2009.

"Damn is this boy good... He busts out his version of the Blues with a maturity far beyond his years." - Sam Fell, Rhythms Magazine

"...His deft playing and mastery of the fret board was astounding... This will be one artist to keep an eye on." - David LeRoy, Rock n' Roll Scars

"...His guitar playing makes it seem like the guitar is just an extension of his arms" - Maria Heffernan, Canberra Blues Society

"Jonno's song-writing is direct and to the point. His ability to say exactly what he means is enviable. He has the courage to tell us what is important to him and just how he feels about it." - Mike Hardy, The Backbeat Drivers

"A young man who's got his s*** together" - Lloyd Spiegel

CDs include:
Bigger Better Zilber (2008)
Young Guns (2008)
self-titled (2005)

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Jonno with his band Jonno and the Zilberfish featured at the 2006 Festival. He returned to perform solo in 2007 and appeared at the 2008 Festival as part the Black Market Music 'Young Guns' show with Jason Lowe and Tom Richardson. Jonno was back to wow us again with his brand new album in 2009 performing solo and co-hosting the Youth in Blues Jam on Sunday morning with Tom. We welcome Jonno back for the 2010 Australian Blues Music Festival.

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